Leticia Miranda

Leticia is a writer based in California. She's covered immigration, prison reform and juvenile justice for Colorlines Magazine and produced a woman of color-centered radio program at KZSC in Santa Cruz. Her work has been reprinted by Racialicious, truthout and Race-Talk. These days you can find her working as the strategic communications coordinator for the Media Literacy Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Study: Latina Hotel Workers Injured Most

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A recent study found that the injury rate for Latina hotel workers is higher than that for their male counterparts and white female counterparts.

SF Dept. Of Public Health Maps Out Severity of HIV Cases

popup_sfcityHIV.jpg The San Francisco Department of Public Health recently put together a map of city residents with the most severe HIV cases. And, no they’re not in the flamingly white gay male Castro district.

Check Out the 2010 Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant

Miss_Indian_TG_AZ_2009_02.jpg Here is some good news to get through the rest of your hump day.

This December 13, Arizona’s Native community will be choosing this year’s Miss Indian Transgender Arizona.

Report Shows Asian Business Owners Really Do Face Discrimination

asianstore Oh yes, it’s true. A group of fancy researchers have now said it: Asians face race discrimination in government business contracts.

A UCLA study found that Asians get the fewest local, state and federal

The Right to Live Again

As California prepares to start shrinking its prison system, advocates see more peril than promise.

New Documentary Chronicles the Life of Richard Aoki

A new documentary, Aoki, chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American and founding member of the Black Panther Party. The documentary, directed by Ben Wang and Mike Cheng, was filmed over the last five years of Aoki’s life.

Hutto Closes: What's Next?

Families are being shipped from the notorious Texas immigration detention center to a Pennsylvania facility.

Protesters Demand Justice for Police Beating a Vietnamese Immigrant

Last night, around 70 Vietnamese and civil rights advocates gathered in front of San Jose City Hall demanding justice for last week’s police beating of Phuong Ho, a Vietnamese immigrant studying Math at San Jose State University.

PBS Documentary Tells the Story of Chicano Rock

PBS will be debuting a new documentary called Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles on December 14.

More Immigrants Seek Queer Asylum

saraswati Immigrant rights activists and immigration lawyers are seeing an increase in the number of immigrants seeking asylum because they fear persecution in their home countries for being transgender, gay or lesbian. The Associated Press reports:

Your Name Isn't Marcos, It's Mark

So you think your name is Marcos? Well, Larry Whitten says it’s Mark at his hotel.

Unlicensed Drivers Get 20-Minute Grace Period

San Francisco City has just reformed its policy on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers. Starting next week, if you don’t have a license and you get pulled over, you have a full 20 minutes to get a hold of a licensed and insured driver to drive away the car.

East Harlem Residents Claim Victory Over Real-Estate Giant

East Harlem residents with Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a part of la Otra Campaña, have managed to fight off Dawnay Day, a London-based real-estate corporation that tried to take over 47 apartment buildings from low-income

FBI and ICE Raid Halal Slaughterhouse

Over 100 FBI and ICE agents raided an Illinois Halal slaughterhouse last weekend and nearly every news report says that no one knows why.

The First World Management provides goat, beef and lamb that is prepared according to Muslim standards. Hmm..post 9-11, I can take a guess why.

Public Option Please!


Health care advocates from across the country have recently launched, Public Option Please, a campaign to shift the discussion from stiff statistics to human rights.

“With all this talk about “bending the cost curve,” it has become as dull, stale and boring as watching paint dry,” says Executive Director Eve Gittelson.

Lawmakers Push Health Care Reform in Indian Country

As the health care reform debate rages on in Congress about a public option, some lawmakers are trying to get legislation through that would make health care free for tribal Indians and improve health services in Indian Country.

New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone said to NewsOK:

American Indian Farmers Urge Obama to Settle USDA Lawsuit

The National Congress of American Indians, a national organization of American Indian tribal governments, recently passed a resolution asking Obama to settle a lawsuit against the USDA who denied thousands of American Indian farmers credit to keep their farms running.

Arpaio Calls Undocumented Immigrants "Diseased" and "Dirty"

Oh yes, he did.

Dawn Teo over at the Huffington Post’s blog wrote that last week, Arpaio said to GQ Magazine:

Education Researchers Baffled by "Immigrant Paradox"

A recent study found that, according to the LA Times:

Pregnant Latino women smoke and drink less than pregnant white and African American women, Latino newborns have lower infant mortality rates, and the cognitive skill of infants 9 to 15 months are about equal for white and Latino children.

We Did Not Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us

children_fence_mx-us_border.jpg The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders has just launched a new campaign to secure the homelands of indigenous tribes living along the US-Mexico border from California to Texas.

According to an article at Narcosphere: